Tom Aherne

Thomas Aherne, born in Limerick, Ireland on January 26, 1919, was an outstanding professional football players of Ireland national football teams. When he was young, he played as a prominent hurler with treaty fields, and once played a game for Limerick. Nevertheless, he determined to play football only and start his senior career from Limerick United, in which he made friends with a teammate Davy Walsh. After the World War II, the impressive performances on sports field caught the attentions of many people. In 1946, He signed an agreement with Belfast Celtic. Along with Billy McMillan, Robin Lawler, Jackie Vernon and Johnny Campbell, he helped the team win the Irish Cup and Irish League title in 1947 and 1948 respectively. With assistances from McMillan, Campbell, Lawlor, guest player Mick O’Flanagan and manager Elisha Scott, he participated in the Celtic tour of the North America.


In 1949, he transferred to Luton Town for a large sum of money –£6,000. After the reaching of this agreement, he accomplished his debut in a match against Tottenham Hotspur. Although joining in the football team at his 30, the excellent football player became a regular of Luton.

After playing countless matches for Luton Town, the competent professional had to end his playing career for a hairline fracture of the ankle. Even in this condition, he also played for local league team until his forties.

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